The Black Berets: Red Smith On The Olympic Black Power Salute

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so… » 6/05/13 12:19pm 6/05/13 12:19pm

Should Brent Musburger Apologize For Calling John Carlos And Tommie…

John Carlos and Tommie Smith, each raising a fist on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics, have become an icon of that decade, and that climate, and of the changes that were a-coming. They're heroes now, but that the time they were seen by many as traitors, and agitators, and by at least one up-and-coming sports… » 6/06/12 4:35pm 6/06/12 4:35pm

CNN Cuts Short Its Awkward Interview With John Carlos Because Of…

Former Olympian and current human rights crusader John Carlos has a new book out with The Nation's Dave Zirin, which we excerpted last week. Carlos has been lending his support to the Occupy Wall Street movement, and this morning, CNN booked him for an interview with Kyra Phillips. The conversation never got past… » 11/03/11 1:10pm 11/03/11 1:10pm

"An Olympics Without Black Athletes": Martin Luther King Jr., John…

John Carlos is best known as the man who, along with Tommie Smith, raised a clenched fist—the Black Power salute—on the medal stand after the 200 meter race. Carlos took bronze, and Smith gold, at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. But that moment was a culmination of months of political discussion among black leaders in… » 10/27/11 2:00pm 10/27/11 2:00pm